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Forgotten diseases hit poorest billion hardest during pandemic
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 - 14:00

A new Lancet Commission report shows for the first time that non-communicable diseases and injuries (NCDI) cause more death and disability at every age among the world’s poorest billion than in wealthy countries. These conditions account for over a third of the burden of disease among the poorest, including almost 800 000 deaths annually among those aged under 40.

Emergency medicine team rises above the challenges
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 11:00

A tightly knit team of University of Cape Town (UCT) emergency medicine specialists have overcome multiple challenges and set up a dynamic system to cope with the wave of COVID-19 patients at the busy Mitchells Plain District Hospital and the Heideveld Emergency Centre in Cape Town.

Lessons in collaboration for COVID-19 healthcare workers
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 - 17:15

Healthcare workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, including members of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Emergency Medicine, have experienced unprecedented levels of collaboration in their efforts to care for patients.

Running into COVID-19 chaos
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 - 13:00

Starting a new job is always somewhat stressful. Starting a new job in emergency medicine on the brink of a pandemic? Well, that’s a different kettle of fish entirely. For the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Lauren Lai King, however, stepping into the role of course convenor for the Master of Medicine (MMed) in Emergency Medicine registrar programme at this particularly challenging time has been an unexpected opportunity to show her mettle.

Faculty staff assist with the new ‘Hospital of Hope’
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 - 12:45

Several UCT colleagues from the Faculty of Health Sciences are involved with ‘Hospital of Hope’, including emergency medicine, family medicine and the PHC directorate:

Open up access to advance healthcare
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 - 11:45

Within a context categorised by an already small emergency medicine research output, one in six African emergency care publications is inaccessible to African researchers.

A first for water safety in South Africa
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 - 12:00

On average there are 200 drownings per year in the Western Cape, with children under five years of age most at risk.

Study reveals the obstacles mothers face in getting help for their critically ill children
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 - 11:45

Researchers interviewed caregivers of 252 children who were admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, as well as the caregivers of 30 children who died prior to PICU admission.

Why emergency care in Africa needs to become a specialised course
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 - 11:45

Few African emergency centres are able to provide comprehensive emergency care because they are staffed by general practitioners.

Neglected pandemic kills 5.8 million a year
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 - 11:45

"No-one talks about it or studies it; it's not part of the Millennium Development Goals; there are no global funds fighting it; and the World Health Organisation has devoted few resources to it," said Wallis in his inaugural lecture on 2 April, the first of UCT's 2014 series.

From emergency medicine to five-star winemaking
Sat, 10 Jan 2009 - 12:00

Professor Lee Wallis, is an expert in more than his field. He has just picked up a five-star award for winemaking in the new John Platter South African Wine Guide 2009 for the Dunstone Shiraz 2008.